Book – Traditional French jewellery
Just published – Traditional French jewellery by Mike Fieggen, expert in antique jewels at Osprey Paris. Pour voir ce livre et page en Français, cliquez ici.
All the diversity of French regional jewellery is richly illustrated in colour along with the details of each jewel. Indispensable for professionals to correctly identify their jewellery and sell them at the right price. And also for the general public, this book fascinates with photos and anecdotes about the costumes and traditions of the past. There are no sumptuous diamond tiaras in this book, it’s all about the jewels that the average woman and man wore 100 to 200 years ago, and which displayed astonishing regional differences. A subject all too often forgotten in most books published these days. The book is also available in French and also in English in a very limited edition. Volume II, to be published at the end of 2022, will list all the non-regional traditional French jewels.
Large format of 23.5 x 30 cm (9.25” x 12”), 300 pages, hard cover and fully illustrated in colour, this book is the first complete reference on the subject and corrects the many errors and gaps observed in other references and also presents many other regional jewels until now unknown to the public. The jewels photographed at the Mucem in Marseilles and at the museums of Martigues, Niort, Poitiers, Seez, Grasse and Martainville are presented here for the first time. The results of twenty-eight years of research on French regional jewellery are thus condensed into a single volume. A great deal of research has also been done on the hallmarks and in the book you will find clear illustrations of French hallmarks as well as a list of all the little secret assay office marks in the hallmarks to enable you to identify the places of origin of your jewels and date them better, thanks to a never before published list of the dates of openings and closures of the hallmark offices. The few references which until now have identified assay office marks were all riddled with errors; in this book everything has been checked and corrected, thus avoiding errors in jewellery identification.
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Each copy in English £75 overseas postage and packing £8 sterling per copy
Each copy in French €75 postage within Europe €9 total for one or more copies
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Note that price for the English version is in pounds sterling, while the price for the French version in euros. The English print run is very small, only 200 copies, that’s why it’s more expensive. In US Dollars, the price works out to $95 with $9 shipping per book. You will be delighted with this reference book, satisfaction is guaranteed. If you’d like your book signed by the author, I’d be delighted, just tell me what name you’d like me to write.
What do buyers say about this book?
I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your book!!! It is very informative yet easy to look at and go through. I am very excited to see information on pieces I own, as well as so many pieces that are so intriguing and would love to find. It’s great to put those pieces into context of history and cultural life. Very, very interesting book and I thank you for publishing it. I very much look forward to the next volume.
Ai, February 2022
Hello I had your book in my hands, it is superb, congratulations
Claudette Joannis, November 4, 2021(author of Bijoux des Régions de Frane)
What a treat your book is!! I am passionate about regional jewellery and already have many books on this subject, but this one is very comprehensive. I had fun searching between my small and modest collection and your photos in the book.
Karine February 11, 2022
This book is a mine for the study of regional jewels, and in particular the hallmarks used, with a very clear presentation by province and a rich iconography. It is, in fact, an essential complement to Monique Poulenc’s work « French traditional jewellery » from the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. Volume 2 is eagerly awaited…
Françoise (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) February 15, 2022
Extremely well documented work, very useful when researching the provenance of jewellery.
Vichy Auctions February 16, 2022
Today is a big day! My nephews gave me your book! I am amazed at this amount of knowledge! Your work is essential!
Louis de S – February 21, 2022
The jewels of the French, a very well documented work, useful to experts in jewels, antique dealers, auctioneers, and in general to all those who are interested in history and traditions. A mine of information, to have absolutely!
Jean Claude Frediani, President of the National Chamber of Experts in jewellery, jewellery, watchmaking, gold smithing and precious stones. February 22, 2022
I have just received your book on regional jewellery: fabulous! I was already consulting your website regularly, but this is great. I learned about it thanks to a recent sale in Cherbourg, where the auctioneer had put a photo of this book to reference a necklace by Yvetot. I also bought 4 Norman jewels at this sale. In 1992, I visited the exhibition organized by Claudette Joannis at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and this triggered in me (I was 27) and my mother, the desire to collect these jewels.
Mireille, April 12, 2022